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Rocket carrying more than 40 satellites successfully lifts off from Central Coast

The view of the Central and South Coasts from a SpaceX rocket launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base Friday.

Friday's SpaceX launch from Vandenberg Space Force Base boosts 46 satellites into orbit.

With a huge roar, a rocket carrying more than 40 communications satellites successfully took off from the Central Coast Friday afternoon.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Space Force Base at 2:40 p.m. Maybe you saw it. It was visible throughout much of the Tri-Counties.

The rocket carried 46 Starlink satellites into orbit, as part of a growing global network intended to provide internet service to underserved parts of the world.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.